humanitarian action

“Doing No Harm” in the Digital Age

New technologies continue to present great risks and opportunities for humanitarian action. To ensure that their use does not result in any harm, humanitarian organisations must develop and implement appropriate data protection standards, including robust risk assessments. However, this requires a good understanding of what these technologies are, what risks are associated with their use,

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Voice Biometrics & Blockchain: Identity Management in Humanitarian Aid Distribution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with Members of the Global Disaster Preparedness Center, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Red Cross Climate Center (RCCC) presented the MIT-Humanitarian-Hack in April 19 to 22 in Boston. Selbst was the winner project related to Voice Biometrics & Blockchain: Identity Management in

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The Urban Amplifier: Humanitarian Action in Urban Crises

The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) has taken stock of its funded interventions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its humanitarian response in urban environments. Based on an internal survey undertaken in 2017, this report highlights the wealth of experiences and good practices, and provides

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The Humanitarian as Negotiator

This paper examines the dynamics at play in ongoing efforts to cultivate negotiation capacity among professionals working in the humanitarian sector. Based on extensive interviews conducted with humanitarian practitioners, this paper addresses three overarching issues. The first is humanitarian professionals’ current understanding of humanitarian negotiation as a concept. On this issue, the paper examines the

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Managing the Risk of Humanitarian Crises

The number of people affected by humanitarian crises has almost doubled over the past decade and is expected to keep rising. In early 2014, international aid organizations aimed to assist 52 million people in crisis, and millions more people sought help from their communities, local organizations and Governments.   The report published by OCHA emphasizes a shift towards a more anticipatory and preventative approach

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World Disasters Report: Focus on technology and the future of humanitarian action

In 2012, fewer people were reported to have died or been affected as a result of disasters than any other year during the previous decade, according to figures presented in this report. While these numbers are positive news, they also reflect the absence of major events like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Cyclone Nargis in

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